I've been gleaning fields with the Society of St. Andrew team in Charlotte, NC for a couple years now. In my mind, there is NO better group to work with b/c these folks REALLY care about the people we're feeding, the farmers donating crops AND the gleaners who volunteer. It's a great way to teach your children to volunteer and help those less fortunate than ourselves since people of all ages can participate. We - with the help of SoSA - truly are "being the change we want to see in the world".
This organization is top of the line in my book. They do more for folks in need than another organization that I know of. Why do I say that, because they spend less on overhead. They put over 96% of every dollar given them to use for feeding folks in need. They do this year in and year out. As a volunteer with them, I get to see all the smiles of folks that receive these fresh veggies.
I have worked with the SoSA for the past 6 years and have watched this fantastic organization grow and help feed more needy families in our area. Our state, Tennessee is the 6th hungriest state in the US. SoSA is continuing to work with farmers and local farmer's market to "salvage" fresh produce that is on the tables of needy families daily. I can't think of a better organization to be GreatNonprofits.
I have helped glean corn. It was very rewarding. I plan to help whenever possible that an old 63 yr old granny can help. Love doing the Lord's work. Remember..... Unto the least of these, it was also done for Him. Steam ahead SoSA.
So much food is left in the fields after harvest! Thank God for the wonderful farmers, volunteers and leaders that make it possible for all that food to go from the farm to the mouths of hungry children and adults! This is such a cool organization - and one of the few that are a great fit for a family with little children to be involved in serving. What a joy it is for children to run through the field harvesting sweet potatoes (or other crops), knowing that their hard work is feeding other children! It's a wonderful way to teach service, charity and compassion to even the youngest child! Keep up the good work SoSa!
I have gleaned with Society of St. Andrews for about 6 years. I believe in their mission to help get good, nutritious fruits and vegetables (which would normally be disposed of) to people who are in need. Many foods donated to food banks are high in carbs, over processed, and high in sodium. America needs a diet with fresh apples, green beans, egg plants, tomatoes, turnips, pumpkins-- All of which I have gleaned through SOSA here in Virginia
I spent a weekend, along with a half dozen members of my church, gleaning vegetable fields on John's Island in South Carolina, while bunking in migrant worker's quarters. After working in the fields all day we met with the SOSA organizers to learn about the extent of poverty and hunger in this country. It was a consciousness raising experience for all of us and the following spring our church planted a hunger garden and contributed about three thousand pounds of food to local food banks. SoSA provides a great service to hungry people.
We gleaned Apple's in an orchard and were amazed at the amount we collected in a day. We participated in a hunger event that evening that left some of our group in tears from the raw emotions, and all of us with much more hunger awareness. You never know if your neighbors might be some of those who are hungry. SoSA takes what would normally be wasted and combines it with those who follow Christ's words to feed the hungry and works wonders. I will always support them.
Prior to my retirement I was a vendor to SOSA. I can tell you these people are dedicated and practice what they preach. There was never any evidence of waste even on the business side. I have found over the years that a lot of businesses would change a plan, or decide that something needed updating, and just toss everything that was being used prior. Not these people, I saw partial packages of paper, being saved and used for other purposes, Was told of pieces of furniture, or equipment that were still functional, that were re purposed to other offices or projects. Was always very impressed with the people I dealt with. So after my retirement, when my wife pointed out that I needed something to do, I turned to SOSA. I have been working as a volunteer for the last 2 years, both gleaning fields and orchards as opportunities arose, and working with Farmers Markets collecting produce that didn't sell because it wasn't quite as pretty as the grocery store display. I have been overwhelmed by the desire of the local markets to support SOSA and by the gratitude of the Food Banks and Kitchens that the donations go to. I would ask you to consider this origination for any and all support you can offer!
The youth at my Methodist Church in Dallas, TX have worked many years in the Gleaning of food to feed hungry people. I had never heard of SoSA before we moved to Dallas eight years ago. After seeing the great work of people, and seeing the reports that SoSA share - WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! Praise God!! Becky M.
My wife and I have provided financial support and hands on volunteer support for this ministry for a number of years. It has a very low overhead and a great net work of volunteers for bagging bulk food at food drops, gleaning, and educational opportunities for all age levels. It moves fresh, good produce that would otherwise go to waste to a table that may have little or no food.